Forgive me and please remind me

I need you to remind me when I’m whining and feeling down that I will be happy and that “life doesn’t get better by chance, it gets better by change” as a dear friend told me the other day. Justin’s set to start his adventure in Seattle on Sunday and the kids and I will be there sometime before 2016. Pretty broad, right? And that is starting to freak me out! I’m not sure where we are going or when. I mean, I know I’m going to the Seattle area and have targeted Bainbridge Island as our first choice but … Read more…

Finish up the summer with some great reads…

So you know how fortunate I feel to be part of such an incredible publisher, right? Booktrope is publishing fantastic books. Books that you can’t put down and are the perfect companion for a day at the beach. Thought I’d take this opportunity to recommend a few and then head down to the end of this post and you’ll have the chance to enter a giveaway! You’re welcome…:) Flirting With Magick by Leigh Bennett I adored this book…and it made me lose a lot of sleep! Flirting With Magick is a delicious romance that will keep you turning the pages. … Read more…

The Next Chapter

Have you noticed I’ve been a little quiet lately? That’s because I’ve had to keep somethings under wraps and I’m not good at that at all. But I can finally tell you that the Farleys are beginning a new chapter. And it’s one that’s leaving a little crack in my heart. Early this summer, Justin was contacted by Amazon…and the rest is history. He wasn’t looking for a new job but this one is too good to pass up because well, it’s Amazon and when Amazon calls you listen. The kicker is the job’s in Seattle. And as Ethan just … Read more…

Summer Reading

Books…they’re my lifeline when things get hectic. They calm me. Inspire me. They always stretch my mind. In recent days, several friends have asked for recommendations. So I thought I’d share what’s on my reading list this summer. Luckiest Girl Alive…Finished it. Definite page turner that I didn’t want to end because I really wanted to know where the characters were now. Easy and entertaining summer read. In the Unlikely Event…I adore Judy Blume. Reading this book was like visiting with an old friend from my childhood. The familiar cadence of Blume’s prose made me smile and reminded me of … Read more…

Taylor Swift…

My girls decided to forgo a birthday party with all of their friends for tickets to the Taylor Swift concert in D.C. Their birthdays were in February and March and the concert was this week. They had a long wait to get their gift. It was an exercise in patience and deciding what we really want. They wanted to see Taylor more than anything so we made it happen. The day we’d been waiting for finally arrived this Tuesday! We hopped in Gill’s car and were off on our mini road trip. The girls sang along to 1989 and tried … Read more…

I was a good mom

Let’s face it, these days, these summer months, are not filled with time for quiet contemplation or the solitude necessary to write. The hours are filled with noise ranging from laughter to tears to squabbles to blood-curdling cries of sibling deceptions. Oh yes, I am the mom who wished for these days and eagerly checked the boxes off counting the moments until we got here. And I’m still the mom enjoying our light schedule, not packing lunches, and skipping showers for days(the pool and hose rinse all the summer dirt off, right?). Anyway, one of my points is that when … Read more…

Find the love, find the hope

Someone scribbled “Womens’ Rights” on a bench at the river. When we passed it this morning, my girls were filled with questions. Why do we still need special rights, Mommy? Aren’t we equal? Can’t we do everything boys can do? And I reassured them that they, we, are equal. Equal to their brothers and the other boys in the world. But the news of the day was still infiltrating my thoughts and my eyes filled with tears and I wanted to say something more like this… Oh, darlings…there are people in this world, in our great free country, that don’t … Read more…

Skin Cancer is not a joke

Last August, I had a basal cell carcinoma removed from my forehead. My doctor used what looked like a melon baller to cut the bad cells out of my head and sewed me up with twenty-five stitches. Now, I’m a skin check convert. I’ve been to the dermatologist three times since to check out suspicious spots and I’ll continue to do so. See, I spent way too many years in the sun. Growing up on Long Island, much of my life revolved around the beach and sometimes I was even a baby oil and tinfoil kind of teenager. I didn’t … Read more…

Dear Dad

Dear Dad, My “smart”phone and Facebook keep reminding me that it’s your birthday. My soul and my heart already knew. One of your closest friends sent me an email this morning from the other side of the world remembering and missing you on this day, the day that will forever be yours. You made birthdays a true celebration for those around you. You remembered everyone’s special day and they looked forward to their yearly call from you even if they hadn’t seen you in years. You wouldn’t have simply written a greeting on their Facebook wall…you’d go in for the … Read more…

What does Mother’s Day look like?

The question floating around the bus stop and work this morning was, “How was your Mother’s Day?” For me, I got the double whammy with, “How was your birthday?” I noticed as we asked each other there was a pause, like we weren’t quite sure what to say. Our minds rushing back to the day filled with all of events and trying to remember if the scale tipped in favor of a good and relaxing day or something else. Maybe somewhere in the world there are moms who slip away from reality on Mother’s Day and are pampered with spa … Read more…